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UK 2022
UK-wide Transport: Rail
Band 2

3 Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Review

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Transport: Rail: Rolling Stock - UK-wide
Band 2
What the team is known for

Market-leading practice with expertise in complex and high-profile transactions. Handles the full spectrum of franchising, rolling stock and infrastructure matters. Also demonstrates expertise in rail planning and contract work. Clients include leading transport companies and operators as well as rail authorities.


One client says: "They have been very responsive and very helpful in assisting us."

Work highlights

Advised Southeastern on the direct award contract for the South Eastern passenger rail franchise.

Advised Govia Thameslink Railway on the modification of Class 387 rolling stock for the European Train Control System.

Acted for North Somerset Council, together with Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council and Bath & North East Somerset Council on the £116 million project for the restoration of a passenger rail service between Portishead and Bristol.

Notable practitioners

David Rewcastle is head of the firm’s transport sector. He is regarded as a leading expert in the rail sector and specialises in franchise agreements, infrastructure projects and rolling stock procurement matters.
"David Rewcastle is a really excellent technical lawyer. He has a really good understanding of rail." "He is highly knowledgeable of the industry and gives good, rounded advice."

Paul Coleman is highly regarded for his expertise in rolling stock and infrastructure projects. He regularly advises on rolling stock procurement and the financing and construction of maintenance depots, among other matters.
"Paul is a very good lawyer who understands the industry."

Kevin Bell specialises in rail franchising. He has substantive experience advising on all aspects of franchising bids and joint ventures in both heavy and light rail.
"Kevin is very customer-focused, responsive and approachable. He also has a commercial brain."

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David Rewcastle
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Paul Coleman
Band 2
Kevin Bell
Band 3


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